Referendum is impossible in any country without central government’s permission

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Baku, Azerbaijan, June 30

By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:

It is impossible to hold a referendum in any country without the permission of the central government, Deputy Chairman of the Committee on Political Affairs and Security of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly, member of the bureau, Azerbaijani MP Azay Guliyev said on June 30.

He was commenting on changes and amendments to the draft resolution "Helsinki 40: For the safety of every person" discussed at the committee meeting.

"The draft resolution mainly reflects the issues related to the general control of weapons and ammunition, although there are a number of documents, which mainly regulate this area," he said.

"But this draft resolution includes additions related to the current situation," he said. "In particular, I mean the current situation in Ukraine. This resolution, in general, will give a new impetus to use the Helsinki principles in the OSCE region."

He added that it was proposed to include two important articles to the draft resolution at the meeting of the OSCE Parliamentary Assembly in Copenhagen. One of the articles, which has been reflected in the discussed document, testifies to the conflict settlement as part of the territorial integrity of the countries and the borders universally recognized by the international community.

Guliyev stressed that the second article is related to the fact that some countries are trying to formalize the occupation of the territory of other countries with the help of unrecognized referendums.

"Unfortunately, Ukraine can be mentioned as an example," he said. "I believe that this must be adjusted within certain frameworks."

"Azerbaijan also faced this situation," he added.

"Our proposal was that the referendum must be held only in accordance with the laws and constitution of these countries and norms of international law," he added. "This means that it will be impossible to hold a referendum in any country without the permission of the central government."

This issue was first reflected in the OSCE PA draft resolution. The MP expressed the hope that it will be reflected in the Baku Declaration.

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